Finding Tough Dog Toys for Strong Chewers

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been suckered into buying a toy claiming to be made for strong chewers only to watch our dog, Rodrigo, gleefully destroy it in under 15 minutes.  Destroying dog toys has become an Olympic event in house – we hand Rodrigo the toy, set the timer, and let him go at it.  I think his best time was under 5 minutes.

Image: Emery-Way, Flickr

An Introduction

I’m Kimberly.  I’m a dog mom to littermates who will be 4 years old in the Spring and the blogger behind Keep the Tail Wagging.  When I brought our dogs home, I had no idea what I was getting in to when it came to raising dogs.  I knew that bringing home littermates wasn’t a great idea, I knew that it would be expensive and a lot of work, and I knew I would need the help and support of a dog trainer – check, check, check!  What I didn’t expect was everything I’ve learned these past 3 years about dog nutrition, training, and behavior.  It’s overwhelming.  But I’m a good student.

Our Dogs | Rodrigo and Sydney

We adopted Rodrigo first.  We knew he was for us within minutes of seeing him; a few days later, I broke the news to my boyfriend that I wanted a second puppy.  And Sydney and Rodrigo came home with us two weeks later.  They are Australian Shepherd mix – Rodrigo is part Border Collie, Sydney is part Labrador.  And I’m certain there’s more fun breeds mixed in each of our dogs.

A few years later, our dogs have solid personalities that crack us up and like most dog parents, we know which toys work with our dogs and which don’t.

Sydney likes things to chew on that are similar to a bully stick; she’s more interested in tossing around my slippers than playing with a plush dog toy.

Rodrigo, love everything, so we have a list of things he can’t have, which includes plush toys with squeakers in them.  He rips them open, pulls out the squeaker, chews it a few times, then swallows.  One night, we got 5 squeakers out of him (Link: how to make your dog regurgitate squeakers).

Keep the Tail Wagging Collage - Littermate Puppies

Training Rodrigo NOT to Destroy

The thought crossed my mind to train Rodrigo to be gentle with his toys, but where’s the fun in that for him?  What we did, instead, was train Rodrigo not to destroy the toys belonging to his siblings (Riley and Blue, no longer with us).  Rodrigo is a dominant dog; not aggressive, which makes him a toy hog.

Finding Tough Dog Toys

There’s nothing more annoying that a toy claiming to be tough when it’s not.  Actually, that’s wrong.  What’s even more annoying is the fact that I fall for these claims every single time and have even found myself walking out the store with a toy that I knew would be toast 10 minute after I arrived home.

So now I have a criteria (that I don’t always stick too) for what makes a toy tough enough for our dogs…

  • It needs to be hard; not hard enough to break teeth, just harder than a plush bunny.  Nylabone hard.
  • It can’t be edible; I stay away from dog toys that claim to be edible.  That just seems a vet visit waiting to happen.
  • It needs to be bigger than a golf ball.  Knowing that Rodrigo has no trouble swallowing a squeaker has made me wary of small toys.

Easy, right?  I thought so too.  But I’ve been a dog mom for more than 3 years and a blogger for nearly 2 years and I just discovered toys that can stand up to Rodrigo.

Anne Heathen of Flickr, Nylabone

Image: Anne Heathen, Flickr

Finally, Tough Dog Toys!

Treatstik is a treat dispensing toy.  When they told me it was a match for Rodrigo, I rolled my eyes and got my camera ready so that I could show these people who foolish there were.  Months later, the Treatstik is still dispensing treats.  I’m stunned, because Rodrigo destroyed two treat dispensing toys previously; it took longer than the average dog toy, but it happened.

Rodrigo loves balls and we have three that have stood the test of time in our house: the Orbee-Tuff Orbee Ball,  West Paw Jive Dog Toy, and the Everlasting Fun Ball.

Another toy that I never considered (because of the price tag) is the Nylabone Proaction Dog Dental Chew.  After testing it with our dogs, I went out and bought a few more; if one ends up beneath the sofa, there’s another one within reach.

And of course there’s the go to dog toy – Kong.  Our dogs have never destroyed a Kong dog toy (with the exception of their flyers).  For flyers, we go with Aerobie Dogobie Discs.  We’ve tried out several of their toys; the yellow squeaker series last a couple weeks in our house, but the toy that has caught my eye is the Jolly Ball.

Finding Afforable Tough Dog Toys

The one thing that truly tough dog toys seem to have in common is the price; so I shop the sales.  Our local pet store has an annual sale and keeps customers updated through a flyer (Petco and Petsmart have flyers too).  And pet stores have Black Friday too – so while most people are in line to get into Best Buy and Target; I sleep in and head over to the pet store and stock up on the qualifying toys that have been marked down for the morning.

Now it’s Your Turn

Because it’s important that we, the dog lover community, share what we’re learning, I’d love to hear what tough dog toys you’ve found.  Which dog toys do you recommend?

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Comments

  1. Nora Broszeit says:

    We bought a Kong Wubba. Looks like a Christmas cracker with its tassled ends and fat middle that squeaks. It was fine for our dog, but then my sister’s Boston came over and destroyed it in 15 minutes eating the cover off. Depends on the dog how tough the toy can be. We also bought from Best Friends a firehose covered bone that lasted a long time and then another dog came to visit and the thing was toast. There is a toy called Plush Puppies which has no stuffing and two squeakers that if they get a hole in them will still squeak. The squeakers are like two eyeglass cases so there is no swallowing them. My dog just chewed off the felt decorations (dragon scales?). So far no other visiting dogs have destroyed it. Happy Christmas shopping for your canine kids!

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    I know exactly which toy your talking about and Rodrigo has done a number on one of those too. I’ll have to look for the plush puppies, because our dogs love the squeakers, but Rodrigo swallows them if I’m not watching.

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  2. Jennifer K says:

    I was so excited to see you post–we have to liter-mates (lab mixes) that have the same enjoyment of toy destruction. Luckily they haven’t destroyed anything non-toy. I was hoping for some new ideas, but we have 2 of the 3 toys you recommend. We love anything Orbee related and have a globe, a strawberry, and a Diamond Plate Orbee Ball. We also have the fun ball (wonderball as it is known in our house). And nylabones. Oh the nylabones. We also have had some luck with the ORKA Jack Chew Toy. It bounces funny so that keeps them pretty entertained.

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    Soooo cool! I love meeting people with littermates! It’s hilarious that it’s so easy today and I barely remember those first few months, but sometimes I think back when I look at my dogs and laugh at how little sleep I got. Gotta love puppies.

    I swear having two means that they egg each other on in the destruction – they’ve gotten better as they got older (well, Sydney has). Sydney just tosses her toys around in a dance, but Rodrigo, wow!

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    carol Reply:

    Do I ever know what you mean. I have two 7 month old sister English mastiffs and NO SHOES, no magazines and no sanity left. Toys are a short-lived expensive joke so I stick with tug ropes and tennis balls. I knew what I was getting into as I have had multiple mastiffs before But I was younger(or at least it seems I was).
    Gotta love um tho

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    I remember the day when our littermates worked together to ruin 1/2 of my favorite pair of shoes. Lesson for me was to stop leaving my shoes around them. We’re going to be adopting another puppy and this is a great reminder. I sometimes forget what the puppy years were like.

  3. Sue says:

    i have litter Siblings 2 of them sister and Brother , there Jack russell x Cairn Terrier .. Jacairns as its known , they are only young, and my goodness i cant even ever remember puppies being so lively lol ,

    Little Sleep i Relate too LOL , Toy NON Sharing i relate too , even at a young age of 7 weeks they are tough little cookies ! Just wish their play fighting over Toys and in general wasn’t so much lol ,,

    As for Toys i buy some each time i go out lol but im finding i am having to buy 2 the same ..to try and curb the tugging and fighting lol , so far so good non destroyed lol 🙂 so its a great that you have posted this for future reference for me 🙂

    LEt me tell you a little bout them both ..

    I had them when they were 6 1/2 weeks old , i went to visit the puppy i was getting and fell in Love with him ( not a breeder unfortunately 🙂 ..i went for a visit week and half before bringing him home intended to give them a blanket i bought to put in the basket to get a good sent from monther n Siblins, but when i went to visit ,, they sed the mother no longer feeds them ,,but they were feeding them Rubbish sausages and the likes .. Normal human food ..not puppy food :S and i didn’t want him to be feeding like that .. so i rescued him early thinking it would be better off for him and his delicate Tummy .. also as his owners were out most of the days ! but as i went to go home she sed his sister was up for adoption too , and she was adorable and i couldn’t leave her there knowing what i knew , .. it was so hard not too bring them both home !! instantly they have settled in so well ..been reading ur training omg its like a puppy Bible , so i just wanted to say Thankyou !! so far im learning them Sit 🙂 fun to watch them , Next is Stay 🙂 so i can get them to stay on the puppy pad out side 🙂 struggling with crate training at the mo , one of them super hates it and whines , i just keep watch and ignore now making sure they are safe while doing so 🙂

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    I’m so happy that you brought them both home!

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  4. Ashley G. says:

    Have you heard of the “varsity ball”? It’s an “indestructible” large ball for herding breeds. I have wanted to purchase it for my Cattle Dog/Border Collie Mix, Duke but I can’t fathom spending the money when i don’t know if it is truly “indestructable”

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    I have never heard of that, it’s on my list of toys to check out. Thanks!!!

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    Anne Reply:

    I have purchased a couple of the varsity balls and my 100 lb. German Shepherds do love them. They are indestructible.

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    TerryLynn Reply:

    I found (thru Amazon.com) the “Best Ball” very similar to the “Varsity Ball” but with a more reasonable price tag.

    My White German Shepherd (no long with us) LOVED this ball!!! she would “herd” for hours if I let her…although this is a toy to be played alone…she would “herd” the ball to me for me to throw (not to easy) up the hill and she would “guide” it back to my feet OR push it with her nose back up the hill…as to play “keep-away” so funny 🙂

    Pure joy in her behavior ….

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    Thanks! I’ll look for this today.

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  5. amy says:

    Thank you for the information, we adopted a great 1 year old pointer, Shepard mix, who destroys every toy we give her! We bought the nylabone for moderate chewers and she ate it very quickly. She does not really like the ones for powerful chewers, because she can not destroy them. Lucky, she has only eaten one shoe so far(in the first week) but we want that trend to continue. So I will be ordering some of the recommended toys and we will see if she enjoys them.

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    You’ll have to let me know how she does, Amy

    It cracks me up how some toys are pretty amazing and long lasting for some dogs, but not with others.

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  6. Sandi Pelott says:

    I have three dogs. A Border Collie mix and two Coon Hound mixes. Let me tell you, there aren’t many toys that survive in my house very long. I have found a few toys that work with the hounds. Jericho is a ball dog, but tennis balls last about ten minutes. The chuckit ball is good. He can destroy them, but it takes a long time, and he really has to work at it. Both Harlow and Jericho like to chew. The nylabones are great. They’re gnawed on, but complete. Kongs, not so much. Harlow starts ripping them apart as soon as the peanut butter is gone (Jericho is not far behind), so we have to grab them right away. And those kongs that look like octopus? The ball inside will last a little while, but the fabric? No. The leg things are pretty much gone within a day. Some of the real hard Kongs last, but not anything that has anything soft on them. My Toby likes soft toys, and he will destroy them eventually, but not like those hounds! There is one toy that they all like and it holds up. I mean like almost forever. It’s a nylabone dinosaur durachew, and the only place I have been able to find them locally is at the Humane Society. The only thing that they seem to really chew on is the head and the tail, and they hold up pretty good. It’s a long time before you see a headless dinosaur on the floor. Or in the yard. Or on your bed.

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    Love it, Sandi

    I’ve never heard of that Nylabone. I’ll to look it up to see if we have it locally.

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    Marketa Reply:

    Our border collie – Australian shepherd mix also has the whited dinosaur and it has proved to be very durable. Plus, he likes to play with it for a longer time than with other toys. Unfortunately, I don’t remember where we bought it.

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  7. Nancy says:

    My Chocolate Lab eat everything. She digs out squeakers and we have to chase her around to get it. I will have to try the Dogobie disc because she chews up all the others I have bought. Even plastic. Forget the cloth ones. She loves her bouncy bone. She has chewed it somewhat, but it is usable. What can you do. Gotta love um. We use racket balls and soccer balls, she cannot chew them and they are big enough she cannot swallow them. Thanks for these tips.

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  8. Pamela Kutscher says:

    I have a Boston Terrorist–er, Terrier– that is a toy shredder. One of the few soft toys that I’ve found that will stand up to his teeth is a Dogzilla! It looks similar to a retrieving dummy used to train sporting dogs but it comes in smaller sizes and is made from firehose material and reinforced on the ends with more of that material and heavy stitching. I’ve had the same one now for a couple of years or so and, though it is a bit ragged on the edges, the stuffing is still in it. I don’t remember how much it cost but I think is was less than $10 for one about eight inches long.
    Every once in awhile I’ll get him a cheap ($1) stuffed toy from the dollar store so he can have the fun of “killing and gutting” it under supervision. Then I clean up the mess and he is happy.

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    Laurie Russell Reply:

    I also have a Boston Terrorist lol who is 16 months old. The only toy that has stood up to his teeth is the Nylabone (and NOT the edible ones). I often go to the dollar store and buy several of the soft dog toys and then watch him de-stuff them in 5 minutes and then pick up all the stuffing all over the floor. He has a great time with them. As far as toys with squeakers I have to watch for the exact moment they are viewable and throw them away or I will find them in pieces on the floor also. My 12 year old Boston died of leukemia last year and I couldnt stand not having my little shadow with me all day so I ended up with my rescue Boston from the vet where my daughter works. I forgot how nuts they are for the first two years (he wears me out) but wouldnt trade him for anything. Best of luck with the dog toys and I will look for a Dogzilla. :0

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    Thanks, Laurie – the Nylabones have been a great hit in our house too. We’re looking into adopting a puppy and I spent a weekend with them and completely forgot their energy level, but it’s exciting too.

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  9. Stephanie says:

    Archer (my German shep. cross) has destroyed every toy he has ever been given. We have tried the extra strong Kongs; he destroyed (and ate, to my dismay) them in under 24 hours. Stuffies last 5 to 10 minutes at most. Balls are in pieces in minutes. I have taken to buying him things at the Dollar-store since it doesn’t seem to matter how much I spend, they are ruined. He takes such joy in ripping the stuffing out of toys though so as long as I don’t mind the mess, I figure he is having fun for a buck or two. Mostly, when it comes to chewing, we have turned to bones. Large cow bones or bison bones keep his mouth busy when he is bored. Fortunately for my shoe collection, he doesn’t touch anything other than the toys he is given.

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    You are a lucky woman! I was so happy when our dogs grew out of attacking my shoes. We go for the bones too; I have a bag in the freezer that I need to thaw out, so thanks for the reminder 🙂

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  10. Scott Schaldenbrand says:

    Toys are one thing – how about dog collars that will withstand sibling chewing. I have tried everything from “heavy duty” over-the-counter ones to saddle leather ones from the internet, all to no avail. My yellow lab and his pit bull “sister” make short work of everything I’ve tried. I’m getting ready to make ones out of some type of metal chain material. I just wondered if I’m missing something commercially available.

    Scott

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    Can’t help you there, Scott

    We finally stopped putting collars on our dogs, because they kept pulling them off of each other. We even tried the spiked ones. No dice. Lasted one day.

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  11. Thanks for your funny, informative article.

    I also have a male Terrier mix that chews up toys in 5 minutes. The other female can chew on a toy for months…..what does that tell you? haha

    Luckily, I have never had to make them regurgitate toys or squeakers, but the day may come! Could not open your link:
    “Link: how to make your dog regurgitate squeakers,” and would really like to read that. Can you send to me or tell me where to find the article?

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    Sure! Here’s a link from Dr. Becker whom I follow: http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/03/15/how-and-when-to-induce-vomiting-in-pets.aspx

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  12. Elizabeth W. says:

    My Shepard mix can destroy anything. I found a place called Moochie and Co.The two products I bought are 100% guaranteed for life.One is called a Goughnuts (shaped like a dounut).www.goughnuts.com The other is called a Bumi. It is a flexable tug,pull,throw toy.He has chewed on them for a year and they are still fine. Website for Bumi is http://www.westpawsdesign.com they also float. They are not too hard so they don’t hurt their teeth.

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    Thanks, Elizabeth! I’ll check out that site!

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    Alice Roberts Reply:

    I tried the westpawsdesign.com. Nothing there but a blue screen and a header, maybe it’s being revamped? My Australian Cattle Dog mix, rips the covers off tennis balls in a few minutes. Then she starts on eating the covers. So, no more Tennis Balls for her. I use the Bully Sticks for her chewing, and she finishes those quickly. She loves squeaky toys, and has kind of outgrown the eating the plush ones quickly. Her favorites all have their ears, noses, tails etc. cut off, because if I don’t she will eat it all. Once she pulls out the stuffing, they are gone, because I can’t take a chance on her eating the plush. She eats everything that she can if you’re not looking, you’ll end up at the vets. She plays too rough with the Frisbee toys, because she is so possessive and doesn’t want to give up chewing or whapping them back and forth by shaking her head, rather than just chase them. I bought her two blue Petstages ORKA Tennis Dog Balls and you can find them at Amazon or other pet stores online. They are her favorite for playing fetch. She also like to crackle plastic bottles, but I’ve bought about 4 plush covers, and she tears them up, so I just give her the two liter soda bottles with out the lids and ring around the neck and without the label, so she has a 5-8 minute fling in crunching it into a 3 sided triangular shaped thing, then she leaves it alone. So she had some fun and we didn’t spend anything extra and in the recycle bin it goes.

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  13. Pat Carr says:

    Jonah, my Lab and Great Dane mix (130 lbs.) and sadly no longer with us, would have made a fantastic “chew toy tester.” He destroyed 3 of the giant Kongs by chewing them from the smallest down to the largest part. These were the black “indestructible” ones. He’d chew and chew until tiny pieces would start to fall off giving him encouragement that he was being successful. When we brought puppy Lola home, he stole her little pink and white Kong but didn’t chew it up. He teased her with it by holding it in one side of his mouth and allowing her to chase him. Just when she thought she could grab it, he’d shift it to the other side of his mouth while on the dead run. It would go on for hours. It was fun to watch.

    Stuffed toys with squeakers are an absolute “No, no”. Lola, now full grown (114 lb.) delights in setting time records for “disembowelment” of the toy, leaving the remains of a “snowstorm” in the room.

    I love my dogs.

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    Isn’t it crazy what we love about our dogs. Even their destruction of toys. Yes, we just lost $15, but they’re so happy. As long as my dogs don’t swallow the pieces, I don’t worry about the money and try to find something tougher next time 🙂

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  14. Ruth Pick says:

    There is the Nylabone double action dental chew, the Galileo bone, the Kong jump’N jack, chicken flavored Large superflex Bite a Bone. All of these can be purchased at KVvet.com for at least 40% less than pet stores. If your like me you, you can easily spend 50.00 and get shipping free. All of the above are tried and true non destructible. Every month I scrub them clean, then make a couple of cups of chicken broth and soak them over night, let dry for the day. The dogs think they have a new toy. Yeah, mom saves money and the dogs are happy and occupied.

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    Ruth! Thank you. I definitely can easily spend $50. I appreciate the tip!

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  15. Aurora C. says:

    Have you ever done some research on what those toys are make of? Its enough to scare the life out of you and no small wonder so many dogs with cancer these days!
    I try to find toys made of organic materials. Quite a few companies make them these days. I have a couple of JRT destroyers so I know too well how they can kill a toy in less time than it takes to unwrap the packaging!
    Of course the original organic toys for dogs were Bones! Although I avoid the ones with that smoke coating all over them.

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    I don’t trust the smoked bones either. I’ve had several people tell me that they’re just as safe as raw bones, but I just don’t buy it; how can you smoke a bone without cooking it and making it harder? Just not worth the risk.

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  16. Betty Corey says:

    I have several dogs. One is a border collie, and another is lab/rottweiler mix. They are my “play-dogs”. The lab has jaws of steel. A tennis ball will last 5 minutes or less.
    However, I found (complements of the old AARP Dogs blog, the LaCrosse balls. They last and last. They are solid rubber and come in a couple of sizes. I get the tennis ball sizes so my BC can play too. I’ve had the original one for about three years now. It is scarred, but not broken.
    My dogs like the Kong Wubbas. When they start to tear the balls out, I cut them open and remove the balls as they will EAT the balls inside. Then I give them back the “dead” wubbas. They seem to like them almost as well as the fresh ones. (You can shake your head real hard next to the other guy(s) and slap the legs really hard!)
    Aside from being buried, in blankets, etc, most are still here.
    The BC & lab like to play tub with the legs, which seem to stand up pretty well to the games.
    My mini and toy aussies have the sharpest teeth that the hard toys don’t survive….but the plushies (no filling) seem to last. Don’t get them balls because the smaller balls could be a choking hazard for the bigger guys.

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    Thanks for sharing! I’ll head off to the sports store this weekend to look for a LaCrosse ball! Thank you!!!

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  17. Barbara says:

    I also have had the same problem with my Boston Terrier, chewing toys to bits and SWALLOWING THEM!!!

    I see Anne Heathen, Flickr pictured her Boston and some rules to follow with buying sturdy toys.

    One of the toys she mentioned was “Nyla Bones” I just wanted to mention… this is not always so.

    I had a Nyla Bone for my Boston. She loved it but after she chewed it for a week or so, I noticed she actually was CHEWING BITS off of it and swallowing them…. I couldn’t believe it!!!!

    So also be careful of these as well…

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    What’s astounding is that I used to think that I could leave our dogs alone with toys and I’ve learned that it’s just best to keep them in eye sight and to check out the toys to make sure they’re still “toys.” They’re like small kids with hard teeth.

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  18. Susie Su says:

    My 14 month old Rot/Doberman mix, Sparkle chews everything she can find: stones, plastic, pieces of concrete, wood, anything. I used to think she didn’t swallow them, but she does. The only thing she has not chewed up is a squeaky toy that is shaped like a hotdog, although it has a hole. It still squeaks though.

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    Wow! Pieces of concrete? Hard core! Have you tried antlers? Actually, I wonder if antlers would work with such a prolific chewer. Impressive girl.

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    elizabeth nieuwoudt Reply:

    My Lab/Retriever has the same problem and I bought her a plastic “plucked” chicken that squeaks like a real chicken every time she handles it too hard. She thereupon takes the chicken in her mouth very carefully in order not to have it squeak!Very sweet.

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    LOL – that sounds adorable!

  19. Cora says:

    My 5 yr. old female German Shepherd inihilates all but the black Kongs-large,
    and they last about 4-5 months. The red ones don’t last any time at all.
    Will try the nylabone for strong chewers. thanks for all the instructive comments.

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    Thanks for sharing about the large Kongs; I’ll by pass those for something a little stronger 🙂

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  20. My 19 month old Golden Retriever only likes soft toys, which she shreds with a vengeance. The Kong toys are so hard so rarely pays any attention to them. So far, the best for her are split deer or elk antlers.
    I’m concerned about toys that sound great, but are made in China, out of who-knows-what. Have you checked that aspect out with the toys you recommend?

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  21. ReShay says:

    I am so glad to see this blog. I have a Blue Pit Bull and she is destroying everything but she is only chewing when she is left alone. Nothing has with stood a session with Storm bought the Kong toys 2 days a go needs to say they have been destroyed. Now Im going to try the ones you listed.

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    I think the Nylabones have last the longest AND the dogs remain interested in them. I always pick them up when I find them on sale.

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  22. Dana Keefe says:

    I have also tried the West Paw Design brand–the “bumi” design specifically. Our dogs have not been able to destroy it.

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  23. Natalie Starr says:

    Do I have to worry about the toys that are made in China? My Shepherd chews on them and I wonder if whatever they’re made of is safe.

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    I’ve had toys made in China with no issues; I just make sure no pieces are swallowed. But when I can, I try to buy US only.

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  24. Lisa Teasdale says:

    We also have a chewer – Falcor is our spoodle, adoptee so not sure what else is in there. He loves squeaker toys and the best one we’ve had has been a nylabone ring that he keeps coming back to. He also had a great donkey for ages but that finally disintegrated. Unfortunately the nylabone (bone shape) he ate within two days and he has managed to remove the head of a small kong.

    I will look out for some of your suggestions.

    Our other dog, a pure Shih Tzu, has no real interest in chew toys although she loves taking his bone slivers when he’s not looking. Falcor knows Wicket gets bored easily so he just waits.

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    I’ve never heard of the Nylabone ring; I’ll have to check it out.

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  25. Lee says:

    Hi I have a Weimaraner and at 9 months bought him an ‘indestructible’ black kong from the vets which lasted 30 mins before being in little bits!! He was not so keen on the nylabone dental chew but about a year after buying he decided to start chewing on it and it lasted well. The kong wubba he loved but did not last very long I have found larger solid rubber toys that are too big for him to get a good grip on last well but he is less inclined to want them. As he has got older now 8 years he is less likely to destroy his toys unless they have a squeaker in them or maybe I am just getting better at picking them lol!

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    Our dogs can’t do the Wubbas, but the big black Kongs last a long time. I’m blown away by the number of dog who can take them apart. I guess Rodrigo could too, but he associates it with food.

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  26. Allie says:

    I have a 2 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Bella, who I love dearly. Through trial and error I have found that NOTHING is indestructible. I have found that Nylabones, Chuck-Its and a Kong have lasted the longest. Bella actually destroyed her puppy Kong, so I purchased the next size up and it has lasted a year so far. I usually fill her Kong with peanut butter, which she loves. BTW, Bella is only 39 lbs.

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    Wow! I was envisioning a huge dog as I was reading. Love the name “Bella!”

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  27. tracy says:

    we have a stumpy tail cattledog, ned. the kong water wubba is great when he’s supervised in the water but i have to take it off him soon as he gets out or he settles in to destroy it. it is now injured beyond saving. the kong large tennis ball is ded. we also time him when he has a new toy. loves anything with squeaker. searches for the source of the squeak & goes into kill mode until it squeaks no more. 3 mins his record so far. am very interested in some of the recommended toys here. hope we can get them here in australia. the google search begins.

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    Yikes!! Ned has our dog beat on the time to kill the squeaker. So funny that they love to do that. When I can get toys cheaply, I go ahead and buy them, because he gets such a thrill. But we have to supervise him, because he’ll swallow the squeaker if he can.

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  28. Chantel says:

    We have litter mates too! They are Harley and Ella, pure German Shepard sisters! They destroy most toys too. At 8 months old they weigh 85 and 60 pounds respectively. They mostly have kong and nylabones now. I will definitely be looking for some of these suggestions as they both come to work with me or my husband almost daily. So we need toys for three places. Thank you!

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  29. Ida McCarty says:

    I have the opposite problem with my 3 year old retired stud… haven’t found any toy that is of interest to him EXCEPT when a visiting dog plays with one of his toys, then he claims it!

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    LOL – Ida, that’s how Rodrigo is with his old toys. He’ll just take it back, set it next to him, they lie down to guard it. Hilarious.

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  30. Dianne says:

    I, too, have a sweet young GoldenDoodle who lives to destroy–his toys as well as my blankets, houseshoes, socks, any mail he can get to, etc . . .
    I thought the Jolly Ball would be a good bet, and he liked it for awhile but managed to chew off the handle before long. He really enjoyed, and we had fun watching him, playing with an oversize 1 piece plastic egg shape toy. As a puppy it was the perfect size and weight for him, but as he got bigger (he’s 35 lbs now) he managed to get a tooth in it and it’s no longer egg shaped! haha Later I found a product on line called the eGGe which is essentially the same thing but tougher plastic and larger. I think it is indestructible–too large to get their mouth around and too tough and slick to sink a tooth into it. I recommend the eGGe, being the shape it is it rolls erratically and seems to entertain him–best when I go outside and kick it around with him.
    That’s my suggestion. I, too, stick with the Nylabone/Kong toys as much as possible. Would love to hear other suggestions!

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    Thanks for your recommendation, Dianne

    I’m blown away by the number of toys that I haven’t heard of. Heading to Amazon NOW!

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  31. Kimberly Gauthier says:

    Wow! And such a difference in size too. I love GSDs – a friend of mine has one and he destroys toys, but still plays with it which is fine by her. A lot of people are sharing some great ideas that I’ve never heard of.

    I’ll be placing an Amazon order soon.

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  32. Kimberly Gauthier says:

    I haven’t checked the country of origin on the toys I recommended – they were recommended to me by people I trust and we’ve had them for months now with no issues. But when it comes to toys I find at the pet store, I do pay closer attention.

    I found that I can get dog toys for really cheap at Ross Dress for Less and they’re made in China so I’ve decided that I’d rather spend the money on proven products than something that’s new to us.

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  33. Pat Heiderman says:

    I have a Boston Terrier and nothing is safe around him. I did get him a black kong toy that he has not chew up yet. He doesn’t play with it very much as he wants something he can tear up. He likes toys that he can get his back teeth on. He weighs 23 lbs. and he was a year old in May. Nothing in the house is safe from him. He wants attention at all times. I am going to try some of the toys that has been listed.

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  34. Peter Van Beuren says:

    I recently had to put my dog down and am now expecting a new puppy. Should I get rid of all the old toys and start a new with all new toys?

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  35. Helene says:

    My dog is a king Shepard mix. He has gone thru the hardest nylabones, unfortunately swallowing large sharpe pieces. For some reason the Kongs don’t interest him.
    The best chew toy has been the deer antlers : they don’t smell or leave a mess and he will chew on it for hours and they last for a very long time. He is still on the original one after 8 months he’s barely gone thru a tenth of it.

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  36. Elena says:

    Where’s the link to get the dog to regurgitate the squeakers? Mine swallows them too.
    Thanks.

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    Susan Moore Reply:

    How do you get your dog to regurgitate after he or she swallows something he should not? Thanks, Susan Moore

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    Minette Reply:

    This is very tricky, some things do more damage coming up than they would just working their way out. Some things, especially sharp things could kill your dog if he vomits them.

    The best thing to do is call your vet and ask for help or advice and they can advise you what the best thing to do would be.

    Or you can call poison control http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control?gclid=CLX6hsKq8boCFabm7AodoBIAng

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    Minette Reply:

    Depending on the size of your dog and the size of the squeaker it can get stuck coming back up and can cause death.

    Call your vet if you need advice.

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  37. Shannon says:

    I have 2 boxers (1 male:Sarge, 1 female:Sasha) who r 2 1/2 y/o & they r 1 day a part, not litter mates. Sarge we got when he was a pup (8 weeks) & Sasha when she was 10 months. Sarge is ur typical boxer, very hyper. Sasha is the complete opposite, very mellow & laid back. Sarge will destroy every toy in a matter of seconds. He just chewed the handle off of one of those $30 horse toy balls… He has destroyed a full furniture set, eaten the legs almost off my dinning room table & chairs, window sills, etc while @ work. It’s only when no one is home he destroyes what he’s not supposed to. I believe it to be separation anxiety so the vet said to try melatonin, yeah right he doesn’t go to sleep.

    Now we also rescued 2 4 week old massif mix puppies who’s mother apparently died giving birth. They r now 9 months old so we have 4, yes 4 dogs all running around the house. Unfortunately we have to crate Sarge during the day for abt 5 hours while at work while the rest get to run free during the day as he just recently destroyed a phone book, deck of uno cards, & a couple kids books in one sitting (wish I could post pictures here). I can’t put anything in his crate (bed, blanket, etc) as he destroys them. Even if those r out & we aren’t in the same room he’ll tear them apart.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for this poor dog? I don’t want to put him on meds but he’s now starting to destroy his crate…. He’s tough as nails & very determined. We’ve spent probably over $2000 on stuff for them that he’s destroyed (not counting the furniture, that wasn’t for them lol). HELP! PLEASE!!!

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  38. Alison says:

    We have a 20 month old miniature schnauzer who has very sharp teeth at first he destroyed everything. 3 beds( one out of upholstery material ) and every dog toy. He slowly at bits of the nylabone. We do have the knight that he tries- but cannot break down. We also found a purple & blue dinosaur ( sorry I don’t have the manufacturers name). Got it at WalMart of all places. He ate the thread off the little parachute material disc.
    Finally figured out that Target has these animals with no stuffing but squeezers in each foot & on in the neck. We have a moose & a raccoon. So far the dragon, moose raccoon & kong have survived!
    He has his Blankt a plush cotton throw also
    No beds. As long as we buch up the blanket he’s great!
    It turns out if the toys is soft enough he can’t tug it to pieces with his front teeth he’s ok. But a loose thread? It’s a losing battle there!
    He does help make the bed- but destroyed my husbands foam pillow when he was upset with him for disciplining him!
    Smart little critter! And totally different toys than my two border collies I had before!

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  39. Gina says:

    When my brother in law could no longer take care of his pit bull, that he adopted from the humane society we took him in. He chewed up every toy we bought. I had a piece of PVC pipe gave it to him and he loves it and he can’t chew it up!

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    Gina – that’s so simple and comes from the hardware store. I’m going to pick some up and see what our dogs think.

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  40. Don Boulton says:

    Our black and white cocker loves toy animals and lines them up in patterns we wish we could understand. He loves to show off by bringing them to us to throw then laying down with them together like he is protecting them before designing his pattern. We’ve never seen or heard anything like it. We also use large empty plastic milk and water gal. containers that he cant seem to bite into so he pushes them around trying to get ahold of them. — kinda like the “free” toys and they are easy disposibles. Are they safe?

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    Minette Reply:

    As long as he doesn’t chew and eat or consume them or pieces

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  41. charlene says:

    My 4 month old lab puppy has a variety of antlers, nyla bones, marrow bones, seems happy, my concern is the person who said that they wanted to defrost their bones, I was told that they should be frozen….I was also told not to let them destroy toys, take them away before they get a chance to, they shouldn’t be allowed to rip things apart…just thought I’d share that

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  42. Betty says:

    We have 3 Rotties, I finally found a ball that has lasted for months. I watched today as two of them played tug a war with one. This big hard rubber ball is made by Nerf Dog. I bought all that Wal-Mart had, keeping a eye out for more. I will some of the other toys. Thanks for posting this.

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  43. Jean says:

    I have a one year old aussie/german shepherd mix who has destroyed everything: laptop computer she took off my desk (extremely unhappy) computer power cords ($75-$80 a shot–very unhappy) Air conditioner cord $50 Of course, this was on one of the hottest days of the year)Nylabones (many) dog beds,balls, coolers lids on 25 gal coolers. I believe she is dog with steel teeth, who also thinks she is a Kangaroo-won’t stop jumping either. The air conditioner cord was about 4 feet off the floor-there was a fly on it she wanted. I am still wondering how she got the laptop off the computer desk. I have tried muzzles, pepper spray, noise and everything other people have suggested-she still is a jumper and a chewer. Thank heaven I have patience! I am open to all suggestions.
    She looks like the picture at the top of the page. She is a sweet heart!

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  44. Donna Tindall says:

    The Kong Wubba tug toy and the Chuck-it rubber balls at PetSmart are keepers. The Wubba is tough Nylon cloth with a queaker ball inside and a long tail. The chuck-it balls have holes in the ends, so the ball will give the dog a serious jaw workout, but doesn’t break down. Also they are great to throw and can purchase an arm thing to throw them further with less effort. Another bonus for my below average MLB throwing arm.

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  45. Debra Rackley says:

    We have a Pit/Shepherd mix and a Feist/Corgi mix. Both are tremendous chewers. I have found the Orka products to be very good toys for both babies. They have a jack and a ball and chew them frequently. Both are still in perfect shape.

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  46. Michelle says:

    My lab mix is ALL about tearing out the squeekers and the stuffing, too. Totally relate to literally setting the timer, hoping for at least 10 minutes of play for him. Firehoses, “tough toys” etc . . been there, done that.

    Specific dilemma to my strong chewer, is though strong and merciless with any toy, he’s skiddish with items that are heavy, or bounce loudly on the floor. He’ll just back off and not play with them. The tougher toys I’ve seen seem to be “heavy” and he won’t be into that. Also, Nylabone-like toys have not worked well with him either . . I guess because he senses there’s no possible way to “win” -aka rip something off of it, or out of it.

    Any thougths?
    (Great topic. Thank you!)

    Michelle

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  47. DOUG says:

    I HAVE A CORGIE, MY THIRD, AND I HAVE USED RACKET BALLS AS THEY DON’T HAVE ANY FELT TO MAKE THEM SICK. BUT I STILL HAVE THE FIRST ONE I HAD WITH MY FIRST CORGIE,NOW 3 DOGS LATER .THEY COME 3 TO A CONTAINER ,DON’T COST MUCH,AND 3 IS COOL IF ONE GETS UNDER SOMETHING.THEY BOUNCE GREAT.AND LAST A REAL LONG TIME .IF NOT LEFT OUT IN THE SUN.UV RAYS WILL SHORTEN ANYTHINGS DURABILITY.

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  48. Kaz says:

    I have AmStaffs. I opened this article with optimism. Did you find another amazing toy that their awesomely strong and persistent jaws can’t destroy? I realised the difference straight away. My dogs have never set out to destroy. They are just full on, and chew down HARD on their toys. I realised this, when I read your comment about the ever-faithful Kong. Yes, they are strong. Yes, they last longer than most other toys. But, alas, they are no match for my beautiful, but intensely focussed canine fur-kids. I can show the remains of three destroyed Kongs, so far … even the black so-called undestroyable ones.
    … And then I found our saviour: the Bionic Ball. (And they also have a number of different shaped Bionic toys, but we have not yet tried them.)
    I am completely sold! They come with a 12 month guarantee, that they cannot be destroyed. Apparently, you get your money back if they are destroyed in that time.
    My beautiful girl, Baby, put a crack in one, within a week. Even with the crack, it retains it shape and is still fully functional. It continues to stand up to the strong jaws of all my fur-kids.
    It has only been 6 months so far, so it hasn’t made the 12 yet, but lasting more than a few hours with this crew is amazing!
    As i said: I am sold. The Bionic Ball is a winner!

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    Thank you, Kaz – I’ve heard of the Bionic Ball and I’ll check it out. You’re right, while Sydney plays with toy, Rodrigo sets out to destroy so he sometimes gets bored when he realizes that a toy won’t fall apart. There have been some exceptions and we’re learning ways to show him how to play with these toys, but the distinction is there and I appreciate you pointing it out.

    Kimberly

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  49. Janet says:

    Great ideas – thanks. We have a shipoo that also destroys everything. As a joke we gave him my granddaughters old teething ring. 2yrs later it is his favourite and still holding strong.

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  50. Rebecca says:

    I have a six year-old Australian Shepherd, who has completely destroyed every toy I have put in front of her…Which includes cheap rubber squeakers, expensive tennis/dog balls, big butcher bones, ropes two inches thick, and plenty of home-made rag toys…
    I think I might try a Varsity Ball or Best Ball…Where do I find them?
    What toy do you think would work best???
    Thanks!!

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    I order all of my toys from Amazon now, because I can check out reviews before placing an order and I trust the reviews there 🙂

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  51. Rebecca says:

    Which toys do you think would work best?

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    Kimberly Gauthier Reply:

    I wish I could tell you, Rebecca, but every dog is so different that it’s hard to say which toys are for which dogs. This post was just the ones I managed to find that our dogs didn’t destroy.

    If you have the time, there are more in the comments section and I plan to submit an update to this post with a few of those recommendations.

    Best of luck!

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  52. Rebecca says:

    Thanks!
    I’ll try to look some more…

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  53. sheila says:

    Hi I have a rotti x boxer who so far has eaten 2 phone chargers my tv aerial 4 beds and about 20 toys the ones that are indestructible like a marrow bone nylobone he loses interest like as if to say I can destroy that so I dont want it ! Jake is now 6mths old I think ots to do with teething as he seems to suck and chew he loves soft toys but alas they only last seconds 🙁

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    Minette Reply:

    My dogs love Elk and Moose antlers. They last an incredible amount of time (I have had several whole pieces for months) the cut/split ones can be chewed faster. They are very expensive but worth it so my dog can chew correct items instead of wanting to chew my things.

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  54. Jim says:

    Hi, I have a 9 month old spaniel/whippet x called Billy. He is extremely lively but as time goes by I can see him gradually getting better, but he still chews for England.
    Anyway, my wife came back from the supamarket with a softish rubber spaceball toy, only about 4 inches diam. The squeak in it was a bit duff and made a low not loud growl type noise. Because the toy seems a bit vulnerable (soft rubber) he seems to have taken it to heart, he rolls on it and it makes this sort of duck quack and it seems to calm him. I can’t believe it , other stuff is history in no time. When I play with him if he’s got the spaceball he handles it very gently so I can take it, amazing.
    Smashing blog Jim

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  55. Cayla says:

    I am with a rescue group and go through way too many toys. I have found that some dogs love Nylabones but others, more often, do not. Kongs don’t always work either. Some just don’t like the rubber or plastic taste.

    They all like one I get at Walmart made by Hartz. They have the shape of a bone and are white and blue or white and orange. They have little nubby things all over them. Every dog I have had like to chew on those.

    I also have a green ball about the size of a basketball. When the dog pushes it around it makes a bunch of funny sounds that keep them entertained. We’ve had it so long that I don’t know where I got it.

    My sister is with Great Pyrenees rescue and she says the cost of antler chews is worth the expense because they last so much long than other chews.

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    Minette Reply:

    Mine love antlers and it keeps them occupied and my furniture safe

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  56. Celia Olson says:

    Our problem is that our dog was not a chewer on anything but his toys as a puppy. He is now over a year old and chews up anything he can get to. Food, papers, pens & pencils, toiltries, baseboard molding, drywall, whatever is in reach. Recently he got into an Easter basket and ate the candy. Fortunately he had no ill effects from the chocolate. He is a bichon frise. I don’t know if this is typical of them as he is our first. We had poodles before and they were not problem as chewers. Could sure use some advice for curing his chewing of things he shouldn’t have.

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    Minette Reply:

    Chewing is a sign of boredom. He is choosing your things because they are fun. I mix up my dogs toys to make sure there is always something that feels new and exciting. So I take some old toys, add some new toys, and make sure they are exciting.

    I also make sure my dogs get serious exercise. Your dog is an athlete, he needs actual physical exercise like a run next to your bike, a game of retrieve or vigorous walks for 3-5 miles or more. If you do this, he won’t have the energy to chew.

    I also provide my dogs with elk antlers and I don’t allow them access to the house until I know they won’t chew anything up!

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  57. (((^..^))Kat says:

    Owned by a RatTerrier.
    If it hits the floor it’s fair game, to be drug off to his crate, to be destroyed, Hides there til he has destroyed it. Pens, pencils, rolls of duct tape, waste basket tissues, small spritzer bottles, has disemboweled a couple of toss pillows for the stuffing, so far colorful poop is the worst result but I worry about bowel perforation from a plastic shard. came from a rescue shelter at 2yrs of age so we don’t know his history other than he was raised with a sister dog. He “knows” when he is chewing a bad choice. He hunkers down over it and acts sheepish. Has loads of hard chew toys. He is a high drive guy. Gets exercised and zoomed around but still is a chewer. Great attitude loves people and dogs. still after 6 months cant be trusted alone in the house. has to be crated. He then he goes thru GREAT separation anxiety from me but not my husband. HELP any ideas.

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    Minette Reply:

    He needs to be watched more carefully. this could kill him. Read this http://www.thedogtrainingsecret.com/blog/teaching-thief-retrieve/

    and make sure he is exhausted before you crate him. It is hard to have separation anxiety if you can barely keep your eyes open

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  58. mickey says:

    water buffloo horn it is softer than bone or antler half the price of antler and my Airedale ZIPPY the TOY Demon has been chewing on it for 3 months and has barely scratched it , he crushes beef shank bones in minutes

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  59. Allen Moore says:

    I finally found a toy my dog hasn’t destroyed! It’s by Mav4Life, they have a lot of options but the rope ball tug toy for aggressive chewers has stood the test of chewing with my pup. My pit mix is feisty and needed something STRONG. I also like that its cotton so the grip doesnt hurt to hold while we play

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  60. Dawn says:

    My dog will destroy and eat any toy that is a bone, including Kong toys.

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